Rachel Zegler Responds To ‘Snow White’ Live-Action Film Being Labeled Politically Correct
Rachel Zegler is speaking out about the press she’s received for two high-profile films, Disney’s upcoming live-action Snow White and last year’s West Side Story.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the actress discussed the pressures surrounding two of her earliest and most significant big-screen roles. This includes her role in Snow White, with the actress responding to what she calls “jokes” about the modern remake, which stars her — a Latina — as the titular character and consultants who have been brought in to address the film’s dwarfism community’s representation.
People are making jokes about ours being the PC Snow White, and I’m like, yeah, it is — because it needed it,” the actress explained. “It’s an 85-year-old cartoon, and our version is a new story about a young woman who serves a purpose other than ‘Someday My Prince Will Come.'”
After Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage criticised the live-action remake, Disney addressed the “seven dwarfs” characters in January.
“I mean no disrespect, but I was taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White — but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Take a step back and examine what you’re doing. It doesn’t make sense to me. In one way, you’re progressive, but you’re still telling that f—ing backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together?” In an episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, the actor stated.
A Disney spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement that the studio had hired consultants, with the studio reportedly reimagining the dwarf characters, who it said would be CG/animated, from the film’s earliest stages.
“To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film,” the spokesperson said, “we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community.” “We are excited to share more as the film enters production following a lengthy development period.”
Zegler also spoke about her experience on the press tour for her breakthrough role as Mara in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, which she filmed at the age of 17. It was especially “stressful” for the actress to have to deal with questions about her identity as a Colombian American playing a Puerto Rican while also dealing with reactions to her casting as Snow White.
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